Elective programmes a boost to learning

Sis. Sunanda conducting the 'Learning and Reflecting on Gathas’ class.

Sis. Sunanda conducting the ‘Learning and Reflecting on Gathas’ elective session.

During the recent Dhamma Living Camp 2016, there were four ‘elective’ sessions where participants could choose to participate in – ‘Meditation for Absolute Beginners’, ‘Learning and Reflecting on Gathas’, ‘Spiritual Reflection’, or ‘Yoga – Basic stretching techniques’.

Depending on what the participants chose, they had the opportunity to learn the basics and purpose of meditation; deepen their knowledge of some Gathas (verses) taught by the Buddha to enable them to see the world through the lens of Dhamma; learn how to reflect to live mindfully and purposefully in their daily lives; or simple Yoga poses to help them improve flexibility, and reduce physical fatigue and tension.

Meditation is an essential daily practice.

Meditation is an essential daily practice for equilibrium and spiritual growth.

It was evident from the participants’ enthusiasm after attending the elective sessions that they had enjoyed and benefited from the experience, with many vowing to continue the practice after the camp.  Sadhu anumodana.

Many participants were keen to learn how to reflect to live mindfully and purposefully in their daily lives.

Many participants were keen to learn how to live mindfully and purposefully through daily reflection.

The 'Yoga' group learned some poses to help them in their sitting.

The ‘Yoga’ group was taught some poses to help them in their sitting.